Color purple 2

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"Celie's strengths as an African American Woman" Alice Walker's "The Color Purple" is a captivating and touching novel about life of a poor African American woman -- Celie, living in the deep rural south at the turn of the twentieth century. During her difficult life, Celie writes letters to God in which she tells him about her being. As the story evolves, many major circumstances in Celie's life are changing. In the beginning she is a daughter, then she is a wife, a sister and a mother. Throughout her life, Celie is surrounded by other characters both men and women who contribute to her life both in a positive way and negative. While men seem to be the ones, who make Celie's life tough, women are the ones who give her the support she needs. For the major part of her youth she had to struggle to survive; she had to have a lot of strength and character to stay alive and to get a better life that she had at the end.

Celie sees herself ugly and stupid. The reason for this is because her father and later her husband told her so. Celie had to leave school because her father raped her and got her pregnant. This brought a lot of pain and emotional downfall but in spite of this with a great help of her younger sister Nettie, Celie tried her best to learn what she missed in school. It was very important for her, because she realized that knowledge is one of the ways to become strong and to improve in life. " Us both be hitting Nettie's schoolbooks pretty hard, cause us know we got to be smart to git away. I know I'm not as smart or...